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Terrorism 2.0 vs Western Activism

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David Werdiger reflects on how terrorist attack in Sydney indicates a paradigm shift in the way radical Islam attacks the West. “The attacks that have been taking place in Israel recently, and quite possibly the one happening in Sydney now, are symptomatic of a major shift in the practice of terrorism … The proponents of terror have learnt and adapted their methods, and more importantly have taken a leaf out of Western culture’s book in their fight against us.” [J-Wire and Times…

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Har Nof shul attack

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Following the brutal attack against shul-goers in Har Nof, David Werdiger firstly reflects on the early morning minyan he attends and how we respond to the attacks. “The inciters call the brutal murder of innocents in a house of worship ‘heroic’ and say it is a ‘natural reaction to Zionist criminality’. What sort of culture rationalizes vicious murder as a ‘natural reaction’ to anything? The question we must ask ourselves is: what is our ‘natural reaction’…

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Shabbat Project 2014

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David Werdiger is a committee member of the Melbourne Shabbat Project, and wrote several articles about it. Firstly, about the perception of Shabbat as being about all the things not to do, and how the observances are necessary to create the space to appreciate what Shabbat achieves [Times of Israel]. Secondly, four lessons learned from the experience [Times of Israel]. And finally, a satirical look at the Shabbat Project [David Werdiger’s Blog].

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Israel-Hamas war, 2014

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David Werdiger has written a number of pieces during the Israel-Hamas war of July/August 2014 that consider various aspects of the conflict: No Room for Restraint is a rally against the constant demands that Israel show ‘restraint’ in responding to the attacks against its civilian population. Israel is the New One-percenter discusses how the left have over-reached in their search to treat all conflicts as equal between the two parties. That’s not a Knife deals with the incorrect…

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Yom Hashoa 5774-2014

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In the first piece, following a celebration of anniversary of the Buchenwald liberation, David Werdiger looks to the past and to the future and considers the wonders of grandparent-hood [Times of Israel]. Reflecting on Yom Hashoa – Holocaust Memorial Day – David Werdiger paints a picture of a tree ravaged by a storm and then slowly replenishes, and considers the perspective of a leaf. [Times of Israel and J-Wire]

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Justice vs Community

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After the death of a young member of the community, David Werdiger considers the inherent conflict between the workings of communities, and that of the justice system. The challenge of community is to retain the benefits of our connectedness and avoid the injustices that often come with the territory. [Times of Israel]

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